From romantic spring flower festivals to the miraculous sea parting festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2019 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival 2019

  • Date: April 13 ~ May 12, 2019
  • Location: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea. While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

• Taean Tulip Festival One Day Tour From Seoul

2. The Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival 2019

  • Date: April 20 ~ May 26, 2019
  • Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do Province (mid-western part of Korea)

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

If you’re planning a nice spring day out to Gapyeong County, visit Nami Island, Petite France, Strawberry Farm and/or Rail Park as well as the Garden of Morning Calm. Since the attractions are located close to each other, you can easily add a few more to your day trip itinerary.

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3. Nami Island Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

  • Date: April 13 ~ May 12, 2019
  • Location: Nami Island, Gangwon-do Province (mid-eastern part of Korea)

Nami Island is a half-moon shaped island, where you can perfectly escape from busy city life and enjoy the breezy weather. You can walk along the lush green island underneath the picturesque cherry blossoms. It is also a famous filming location for many K-dramas, such as Winter Sonata.

During Nami Island Cherry Blossom Festival, you can enjoy nostalgic spring music and a lot of good food & Nami craft beer from day to night. Don’t miss this unique and romantic chance to dive into cherry blossoms at dusk till night!

Nami Island Cherry Blossom Festival Evening Tour From Seoul

Nami Island & Other Attractions Tours

4. Boseong Green Tea Festival 2019

  • Date: May 2 ~ 6, 2019
  • Location: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation! Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you in Boseong Green Tea Festival.

Boseong Green Tea Festival from Seoul/Busan
Boseong Green Tea Plantation & Naganeupseong Folk Village Private Tour


5. Goyang International Flower Festival 2019

  • Date: April 26 ~ May 12, 2019
  • Location: Goyang, Gyeonggi-do Province (mid-western part of Korea)

Goyang International Flower Festival (International Horticulture Goyang Korea) is one of the largest flower exhibitions in the world. This year, more than 200 teams from 25 countries will showcase their special flowers. It is a great chance to watch the award-winning flower decoration and see the highlight of the festival, which is the grand outdoor gardens.

Goyang International Flower Festival & DMZ 1 Day Tour

6. Damyang Bamboo Festival 2019

  • Date: May 1 ~ 6, 2019
  • Location: Damyang, Jeollanam-do Province (south-western part of Korea)

Juknokwon (Bamboo Garden) is the best spot in Damyang to enjoy the bamboo forest. At Damyang Bamboo Festival, you can celebrate what bamboo can bring to the table as well as interact with beautiful nature. Afterward, you will get to walk along the Metasequoia Road, breathing the fresh air, and head down to the Meta Provence where you will come across a cute French-inspired village.

Damyang Bamboo Festival & Jeonju Hanok Village 1 Day Tour

7. Mt. Gyejoksan Barefoot Festival 2019

  • Date: May 11 ~ 12, 2019
  • Location: Mt. Gyeojoksan, Daejon (mid-western part of Korea)

Mt. Gyejoksan Festival is a unique festival where you can cleanse your feet as you walk barefoot along the famous red clay trail. Then you will visit Daejeon Jungang Market, a famous local market in Daejeon, where you can find almost anything you need including herbal medicine, hanbok, and fresh fish. Last but not least, you will visit Yeongdong Music Village and experience and appreciate Korean traditional music, Gugak.

Mt. Gyejoksan Barefoot Festival 1 Day Tour

8. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) 2019

  • Date: May 3 ~ May 5, 2019
  • Location: Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, Cheonggyeocheon Stream, and Jongno Area

The annual Lotus Lantern Festival in South Korea will be celebrated from May 3rd to May 5th. In honor of Buddha’s birthday, there will be thousands of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul as well as a variety of Buddhist programs and activities.

Don’t forget to see the fabulous lantern parade along Jongno Street and pay a visit to Jogyesa, a famous temple located in the heart of Seoul!

9. Samcheok Rose Festival 2019

  • Date: May 15~19, 2019
  • Location: Samcheok City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)

Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Near the venue of the rose festival is Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike where you can take in the beautiful ocean view along the railway on the east coast of Korea.

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